TORONTO Aug 9 China's Li Na is tipped to become
the richest woman in sports but the French Open champion has yet
to venture on a shopping spree and prefers using her husband's
credit card rather than spending her money.
The 29-year-old world number six, who has many companies
battling to cash in on her enormous popularity in China, seems
to be in no rush to dip into her cash windfall.
"I still like to use my husband's credit card because I want
to save my money," Li joked with reporters this week at the
Toronto Cup where she is the sixth seed.
"But right now I am always busy doing many things for the
sponsors and I do not have time to enjoy shopping. So maybe at
the end of the year I will find time."
Li was ranked eighth on a recent Forbes list of top earning
female athletes but is expected to charge up the rankings and
challenge Maria Sharapova for top spot after her breakthrough
win at the French Open in June.
According to Forbes, Sharapova's earnings, mostly off-court
endorsements, were estimated at $25 million, twice as much as
her nearest rival and well ahead of Li's $8 million.
Li took several weeks off since her shock second-round loss
at Wimbledon in June but returns to action on Wednesday where
she will face either compatriot Peng Shuai or Spain's Lourdes
Dominguez Lino in the second round.
Regardless of her performance in Canada, it appears Li may
need some more time comprehending just how big a deal she is in
China following her breakthrough at Roland Garros.
"I was very surprised because I thought after Wimbledon,
because I didn't do well in Wimbledon, that maybe I would go
back (to China) and people would be like 'who is she?'," said
Li. "But still ... a lot of people came just to see me and to
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